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Dec 13, 2020

Ayushman Bharat completely revolutionised healthcare delivery system, says Health Minister

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said that the Ayushman Bharat programme has completely revolutionized primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare systems in the country, with a strong focus on preventive healthcare.

Chairing an event to mark the Universal Health Coverage Day, he said, through the two wings of Ayushman Bharat - the Health and Wellness Centres and the Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana, the government has been making quality healthcare affordable and accessible for crores of people in the country.

He said that over one crore 45 lakh cashless treatments have been provided to the poorest citizens under Ayushman Bharat, Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana. Dr Harsh Vardhan said, COVID-19 has greatly magnified the need for building resilient health care systems and ensuring their equitable access to all.

The Minister also released the 5th National Family Health Survey (NFHS) which contains detailed information on population, health, and nutrition for India and its States and Union Territories. This is a globally important data source as it is comparable to the Demographic Health Surveys Programme of 90 other countries. The present NFHS is being conducted on around six lakh sample households.

The results of 17 States and 5 UTs have been released now as Phase - 1. He said, Phase -2 covering the remaining 12 States and two UTs had suspended their fieldwork due to COVID-19, which has been resumed from November and is expected to be completed by May, 2021.

Dr Harsh Vardhan said, substantial improvement in maternal and child health indicators was recorded in the present survey. The fertility rate has further declined, contraceptive use has increased in most Phase -1 states.

The survey found considerable improvement in vaccination coverage among children aged 12 to 23 months across all states and UTs. Women’s empowerment indicators also portray considerable progress.

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